The Diamond of Drury Lane Award-winning

by Julia Golding (author)

Suitable for 11 - 18 years

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London, 1790: Covent Garden’s glittering, dangerous Theatreland. Feisty orphan Cat Royal has always been a star turn at the famous Drury Lane theatre, adopted as a baby by the owner Mr Sheridan after she was found mysteriously abandoned on the theatre’s steps. She has grown up backstage among the costumes, performers, musicians and stagehands, and is treasured like a daughter by them all. But when Cat hears a rumour about a priceless diamond hidden somewhere in the theatre, she determines to solve the mystery. Little does Cat know that her curiosity will lead her into Covent Garden’s hidden world of rival gangs, boxing matches, riots, crime and intrigue – and teach her some important lessons about who she really is.

Winner of the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize and Ottakers Children’s Book Prize 2006.

“This is rollicking historical fiction at its best, a great read.” Sunday Express

“Rip-roaring saga… thoroughly entertaining… lively and absorbing.” The Times Educational Supplement

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Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

February 4th, 2008

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  • 256 pages



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  1. xloveheart123
    on 3 May 2014

    I am 9 years old and really enjoyed this book, however I would only recommend it for 11+ because there are some harsh and disturbing scenes that might be unsettling for people under that age. The plot line follows orphan Cat Royal, a headstrong, wily young girl, and her time and trials in historical London. Also there are strong references and scenes of romance. The book is written like a play due to her living in a theatre for some of the books, with a cast list, acts and scenes. But, overall, this is an extremely hooking book, with plot twists at every pageturn. A must read!

    5out of 5
  2. AngelofDeath
    on 8 March 2014

    Amazing book, a great read, i’d recommend it for 12+

  3. Athena14
    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book, set back in time when every day could be a fight for your life. Brilliant characters and storyline.

  4. emz1415
    on 14 December 2013

    This book is really good the others in the series are brilliant to!

    5out of 5
  5. BookCrazyGirlLol
    on 15 December 2012

    This book was amazing. I have read all of the books in the series and really want to read the next one. Can’t wait!!

  6. pipla
    on 17 July 2012

    I have read all the books in these series (there are 6 in total) and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. If you haven’t read these books you haven’t lived!

    5out of 5
  7. AbsolutelyBookCrazy
    on 15 April 2012

    I loved this book. it was one of the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!! My fave characters were Cat, Pedro, Syd, Frank and Lizzie. I also liked Johnny because of his funny cartoons of parliment!!!!

    5out of 5
  8. mutemath4ever
    on 3 March 2012

    This is a really good book set in the past, it is an adventure novel. I really enjoyed this book and the way it is written really brings to life the characters. I would recommend this book for ages 12+

  9. achidna-kid
    on 23 April 2011

    Brilliant book and full of exitment!!!!! LOVE IT XXXXXX

    5out of 5
  10. fizzpop01
    on 11 March 2011

    wanna read it

  11. PinkieDinkiePerry
    on 23 February 2011

    This book was so good I really liked it! :D

    5out of 5
  12. Riversea
    on 20 February 2011

    A real page turner- i loved it!

    5out of 5